Congratulations Etheredges! Idea-2-Product is happy to have helped during your wedding. “My fiance, now husband, gave me a custom made engagement ring from a jeweler in San Francisco,” Annie Etheredge said. The jeweler was a family friend, and had designed many pieces for them. Since the engagement ring was custom, the wedding ring had to be customized to fit as well. As the Etheredges designed Annie’s wedding band, they didn’t think they would have to ship her engagement ring in order to finish the new band’s design, but the process became tricky. “A few weeks before our wedding, the manufacturer told our jeweler they needed it before they could continue.”
Trying to ship her ring a few weeks before the wedding wasn’t really possible. “I was reluctant to send my ring through the mail so close to our wedding date and began looking at other options.” The Etheredges considered a few choices, such as submitting pictures or measuring the detailed, custom dimensions of the ring, but knew these methods wouldn’t be enough. When a fellow engineering colleague of Annie’s mentioned that Idea-2-Product not only had 3D printers, but also housed a 3D scanner, she knew she’d found the solution. Since the jeweler needed a 3D file of Annie’s ring anyway, she called his shop in California and found the Computer Assisted Design (CAD) file that the jeweler would need.
“They were uneasy about the idea,” Etheredge admitted, “but agreed, and told me they needed a .stl file.” Knowing what she needed, Etheredge called Idea-2-Product, and the lab saw her the next day. “It took a few tries, but we ended up getting a scan that had all the dimensions and angles the manufacturers needed to complete my wedding band,” Etheredge said happily.
Idea-2-Product was able to place the 3D scanned image of the engagement ring alongside the design of the wedding ring. With these two files together, the lab was able to adjust the prongs and height of the wedding band so that it didn’t interfere with the engagement ring’s design, allowing the two rings to fit together perfectly. “For the first time, I was able to see how the two rings would look next to each other, which made me confident about all of our design choices.”
After Idea-2-Product scanned and sent the file for Annie’s wedding ring, she was able to have both of her rings on her wedding day. Etheredge said, “The ring showed up two days before our wedding and it was a perfect fit! I am 100% confident that I would not have been married with my wedding band if it wasn’t for Idea-2-Product.”